Significant resources are spent on carefully designing and implementing a diverse network so that alternative paths are available for traffic should any given element in the network fail. The resulting network might be fail-proof for a short period, but the reality is that network topology changes over time. With these changes, network operators must continue to ensure that diversity policies are followed using labor-intensive processes. Often, multiple teams track a given network geography, layer, or even a given network element, such as IP or optical links. All data must then be manually input, correlated, and analyzed to determine if policies are being met.
Sedona’s NetFusion Diversity Assurance solution automates the process of gathering and analyzing real network data to determine if your diversity policies are being met. The NetFusion Intelligence and Automation App Platform automatically discovers all traffic carrying network elements across all Packet and Transport layers, vendors, and domains. The platform can also import passive network elements that are not discoverable, such as patch panels and shared ducts. This information is used by the NetFusion Diversity Assurance App to compare real-time, accurate network data to your specific diversity policies and create a report of these differences.
Since the NetFusion Diversity Assurance solution is unique to your policy needs, you can be assured that you are not receiving a cookie-cutter solution to the very serious networking dilemma of ensuring continued service to key customers. Diversity policies can be as simple or as complex as you need. For instance, the diversity policy might require that each hub site be optically diverse by three independent routes. Another example is ensuring specific links do not share a common equipment configuration, such as line cards. Optionally, you can request a report of suggestions on how to resolve issues where the network is not truly diverse.
This business-critical data enables you to make network changes that offer true diversity so failures do not threaten service delivery. The result is revenue-generating SLAs are met, customers are satisfied, and your reputation is protected, thus enabling you to attract more customers. In fact, you might find the analysis so productive and simple to use that you choose to employ more diversity requirements, further failure-proofing the network.